The Portugal international has been ruled out of the game at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium with a hamstring injury, as Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required) reported.
Kastrinakis believes the stage is now set for Gareth Bale to emerge as a hero for Real against an out-of-form Barcelona team.
But will the absence of Ronaldo have an adverse effect on Real when they challenge their rivals in the Copa del Rey final?
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